POLICE were urgently called to a travel agents this morning (Tuesday) after a robbery in a High Street.
The robbery took place at Thomson in Ruislip High Street, with police being called at 9.12am.
It is believed the robbers were after the bureau-de-change with foreign currency a target.
A witness from one of the shops opposite said: "We heard a shout of 'get down on the ground', two police officers pinned the guy to the floor.
"There were suddenly three riot vans, and armed response vans on scene.
"He was contained for half an hour. He looked middle aged and was black."
An eyewitness said: "There were a lot of police milling around outside the travel agents and visiting the shops nearby to see whether anyone had witnessed what had happened."
Witnesses also described how the assailants were wearing balaclavas.
Staff were believed to have been pushed to the back of the store by the robbers who began ordering them to follow their instructions.
Maggie Maeots, a member of staff at Sweeney's pub in High Street, said: "A friend of mine who lives across the road from the pub, called the police. She said she saw two guys who put balaclavas on in front of the shop and went inside.
"She said they locked the door and pushed the staff to the back of the shop.
"I don't know if they got out via the front or back but one of them got caught by the police and was pinned down. The other one ran away."
Thomson remains closed throughout the day as police detectives investigated the scene.
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